Tag: Election 2010

North Carolina: No Housecleaning in “Purple” State

by Richard L. Rainey, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC The “throw the bums out” wave that was prevalent in many states was a mere ripple in North Carolina. Incumbents on both sides of the aisle held onto their seats in all of the congressional contests except one — in House District Two, where Republican […]

New Mexico: First Female Governor Elected

by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr., Tinnin Law Firm New Mexico voters have elected the state’s first female governor, Republican Susana Martinez. Republicans gained several seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives, but Democrats maintained control of the chamber. There were no contests for seats in New Mexico Senate, where Democrats hold a substantial majority […]

Nebraska: Lone Democrat (Not on Ballot) Remains

by Mark Schorr, Erickson & Sederstrom P.C. Nebraska saw no significant changes as a result of its 2010 elections. All three Republicans in the U.S. House were reelected, with the closest margin of victory being a spread of 62 percent to 38 percent. Republican Governor Dave Heineman also was reelected with a resounding 78 percent […]

Mississippi: Voters Put the (Blue) Dogs Out

by Peyton Irby, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A. Mississippi voters had only congressional races to consider. As a result, where the state’s delegation was once comprised of three Democrats and one Republican, the opposite is now true. Two Democrats — both “Blue Dogs” — lost to Republicans. Apparently, their conservative voting patterns didn’t save […]

Maryland: ‘True Blue’ Victors May Need Low Profile

by Kevin McCormick, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P. Against the national trend to oust the incumbents, Maryland remained a “true blue” state. We returned most of our Democratic incumbents, including Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and a host of other Democratic congressional members. The only “upset” was […]

Maine: Red Tide Causes ‘Sea Change’

by Daniel C. Stockford, Brann & Isaacson While voters handily reelected both of Maine’s Democratic representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, a sea change occurred at the state level as the Maine governorship and the Maine Legislature apparently have switched from Democratic to Republican control. In a surprisingly close governor’s race, Republican Paul LePage […]

Louisiana: RIP EFCA, Paycheck Fairness Act

by Mark Adams, Jones Walker At first glance, nothing significant came out of Louisiana. No Tea Party candidates to create excitement. Republicans and Democrats each lost a U.S. House seat and won a seat they hadn’t controlled, so no contribution to the change of control in the House. However, the Republican takeover of the House […]

Kentucky: Foe’s ‘Aqua Buddha’ Ad Didn’t Hurt Paul

by Richard S. Cleary, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC Republican Rand Paul came from a dead heat in the polls three weeks ago to handily beat the Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway in Tuesday’s election. Conway carried Louisville, Lexington, and a few pockets in eastern Kentucky, but he managed to carry little else in […]

Kansas: No Democrats in Sight

by Carolyn Matthews, Foulston Siefkin LLP How many Democrats does it take to screw in a lightbulb in Kansas? That’s a trick question — there aren’t any Democrats in Kansas. Republican Sam Brownback was elected governor. Republicans also took the secretary of state, attorney general, and state treasurer positions from the Democratic incumbents. Republican Jerry […]

Iowa: It’s Back to the Past with New Governor

by Greg Naylor, Whitfield & Eddy P.L.C. Twenty-five years ago, Michael J. Fox took us all Back to the Future. On Election Day, however, Iowa went back to the past, returning former Republican Governor Terry Branstad to a gubernatorial seat that hadn’t seen a Republican occupant in three consecutive terms. Republicans also will take control […]